A panchayat which caught a youth meeting with a minor girl at the latter’s home, carried out the couple’s marriage in a temple in Gorakhpur. The girl is a student of class 6.
According to reports, the incident occurred around 10pm on Wednesday , when the boy identified as Radhey Shyam Jaiswal, a resident of Chillupar, reached the girl’s house in Maharajganj area of Gulharia.
He was caught by locals who started to thrash him. As the girl cried for help and threatened to commit suicide if they harmed the boy, the locals called for a panchayat, discussed the issue till late night before reaching a consensus to get the couple married.
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath was elected as an MP from Gorakhpur since 1998.
The panchayat was of the view that such a relationship was “bringing bad name to the village and therefore pronounced the judgment that couple should tie the knot,” a resident said.
Though police claimed they were oblivious of the incident, sources said some policemen were present during the wedding solemnised at the Durga temple in the presence of families of the couple.
“We came to know about the incident through media reports. When and how the locals arranged this is being probed. The girl seems to be above 18 but a medical report is awaited to confirm the age “ said Gulharia police station head BD Singh.
One of the girl’s aunts was opposed to the wedding, claiming that the girl was a minor. But the girl’s grandfather said she was above 18 and the couple were involved since the past one year.
Senior superintendent of police RP Pandey said the girl’s medical report was awaited to ascertain her age, “and if she is found to be minor, appropriate action will be taken against those found guilty”.